Anyone going to CarFest this year, North or South

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We're off to CarFest South and are lucky enough to have a camper van ticket and I'm starting to get excited.

Anyone else going this year?

dwinnol Fri 27-Jun-14 20:28:33

Us to Carfest South. 3rd year for us and each time has been brilliant.

dwinnol Fri 27-Jun-14 20:29:49

Didn't get van tickets though. So we'll be in the tent doing the Sundance.

millimat Fri 27-Jun-14 20:45:40

I'd live to go to carfest north but its soooo expensive sad

It's our third year too. We did both North and South the first year! Couldn't believe it when we got campervan tickets again this year. We tented it the first year at South.

Still trying to work out how to get the 1 year old and 4 year old home to bed each night after the bands though. It's a big hill when you're tired.

dwinnol Sat 28-Jun-14 22:00:14

Yes it is a big hill. DP pushed me down it in one of those trolleys you can hire last year, what a ride. Mine at 12 and 9 so I kindly let them pull me up the hill.

We're off to North again, 3rd time too. entered cakes v pies so will have to wait and see as to whether I get selected, eek!

Just ordered a canopy for our tent, going away this weekend to try it out. (If it gets delivered in time that is...)

Plan to arrive early at carfest this year as it was a nightmare trying to find space for just our tent last year and we weren't that late arriving!

Ooh good luck. I entered the first year at South and did Great Grandmas fruit cake. I never found out how it did as we got stranded the wrong side of the track!

TheFantasticMrsFox Tue 01-Jul-14 12:22:10

Would anyone mind spilling the beans on how much CarFest actually costs? It is soooo much not my thing (though I will go anywhere for a few nights under canvas and some BBQed food!) but DS would love every second of it and it's the closest I am ever likely to get DH to a festival grin

A weekend camping ticket is £135. Family weekend camping is £270.

Not cheap but you get a lot of entertainment for that!

TheFantasticMrsFox Tue 01-Jul-14 22:20:24

Thanks skiing, do you have to buy entry tickets on top of that? I've had a look on eBay and prices vary so much it's hard to tell what is what hmm

TeamEdward Tue 01-Jul-14 22:49:51

We're going to South for the third year in a row. Love love love it!

We do the pre-erected tents though. Better showers and toilets ratio, and you're closer to the festival site so it's easier to stagger back "home".

TeamEdward Tue 01-Jul-14 22:51:05

The ticket prices are all in, Fantastic

TheFantasticMrsFox Tue 01-Jul-14 23:00:34

Thanks smile
Sadly no availability on StubHub to suit us. I think I will leave that weekend free for a "camping trip" and if we are lucky there may be some late availability. Otherwise we will go and get gently drunk in a field somewhere grin

Go on the CarFest 2014 Facebook group. People are always offering tickets on there at face value.

CarFest North still has some day tickets available on the CarFest website too.

TheFantasticMrsFox Wed 02-Jul-14 16:04:43

Thanks skiing smile
We are on the south coast so a trip to CarFest would have to be for the weekend as it will involve kennels/ cattery etc. North is just too far to be worthwhile sad

crookmum Thu 03-Jul-14 11:30:47

It's our first trip to Carfest (we are going to North) would love some tips of what we should take with us. We are campers but have never taken the kids to a festival before. I'm currently debating whether to book a pre-erected tent as our tent is on the large side and I'm worried that we will have problems pitching it as we probably won't be there until Friday lunchtime..

TeamEdward Thu 03-Jul-14 12:21:21

How old are the DC. crookmum?
Our DC stayed up to watch the bands. We found a trolley amazing. We pitched up on the festival site around it, it was easily spotted in the crowd if we went off to get food or go to the loos, and DS2 (who was 3 when we started going) curled up in blankets and slept through some of it!
This is our wagon, and at a good price!
Last year we "pimped our ride" and turned it into a Batmobile, with DS dressed up as Batman.

We also took ear defenders for the DC - the cars can be VERY loud.

Travel Johns are amazing if you can't face a trek to the loos in the night.

crookmum Thu 03-Jul-14 13:02:49

Kids are 11,8 and 5. I love the idea of the kids getting dressed up!! Off to look at your links for wagons, ear defenders and travel johns (never heard of them before !!)

I love that wagon. We can't decide though. Isn't it more of a pest to pull round all day? And would a 4 year old and. 1 year old sleep in it?

TeamEdward Thu 03-Jul-14 17:38:15

It was a bit of a pain sometimes, but we just chucked bags, drinks, snacks, wet weather gear etc in it and hardly ever went back to the tent.
We had a 6yr old and 3yr old in it. It was a bit cosy, mind.

More people were dressed up in Year 2 than the previous year.

We're toying with continuing the Superhero theme, or maybe going with a pirate theme.

crookmum Thu 03-Jul-14 18:11:34

My 5 year old would LOVE the wagon, but I think the other 2 will also want to share and it's definitely not big enough for 3 ;)

What are the food outlets like?

Food outlets are amazing. Lots of very varied options. Not cheap, but last time one evenings meal was a rotisserie chicken half, some dahl and other Indian bits and some fresh baked bread with half a Camembert.

That was to share by the way, not just me!

TeamEdward Thu 03-Jul-14 21:04:17

DS1 lived off paella. It was lush.
The wood fired pizza stall was great.
We liked the Laverstoke Farm chips, but the hog roast/roast beek bap/burgers were overpriced and a bit chewy.
There was a van selling those little Spanish doughnuts (churros?) and hot chocolate, which we enjoyed late in the evening.
Massive variety, from pies and fish & chips to noodles and curry, via BBQ and seafood.

If you want to do any of the classes, book early. The bread one was really good and we were eating it all weekend!
And if you fancy having a go at making your own ice cream, TAKE GLOVES!

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